The pick-and-roll-defense needs work
Giving up 120 points to the Heat on opening night was a pretty solid clue that Boston's defense isn't quite at playoff level. The Celtics have given up 30 or more points in five of the 12 quarters they've played in this season. That's a bad trend. Even more disturbing is how they've done it. The Celtics have struggled in pick-and-roll defense, one of the most fundamental schematics of NBA basketball. While the lack of a true defensive presence in the middle besides Kevin Garnett is another issue entirely, the Celtics should be able to cover better at the beginning of the play. Small, quick guards (like Milwaukee's Monta Ellis, pictured) are a problem for the C's. It would be easy to say that Avery Bradley will fix the issue upon his return, but the Celtics need to get it right as a team with better help first.